Sony executive promises basic compatibility with PC
The PS4’s DualShock 4 controllers will work with Windows PCs “by default” according to a series of tweets by Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios at Sony. Basic functions like the analog sticks and buttons will be available without extra drivers although the controller’s special functions, like the front-facing touchpad and gyroscope, won’t work.
Windows 8 helped sparked a generation of unique PC designs, the newest of which is Sony's Vaio Flip, one of several new Vaio units the company announced today. The Vaio Flip PC is a conventional notebook that "flips" into a tablet PC. That's been done before -- Lenovo's Yoga and Dell's XPS 12 immediately come to mind -- but the Flip also boasts a viewer mode that the others don't.
Hopes people will pay upwards of $2,000 for laptops drenched in red
When Sony launched its Vaio Fit laptop range a few months back, we were pleasantly surprised by the uncharacteristically affordable price tags of the Ivy Bridge-powered Windows 8 ultrabooks. But lest people assume the Japanese electronics giant is abandoning the premium (read: often overpriced) laptop segment it has been long associated with, the company has announced special “red edition” models across its Vaio Fit, Duo and Pro laptop families that are, well, red and expensive.
Cloud computing has slow rolled its way into our everyday lives, and these days we rely on the cloud for more services than ever. The cloud changed the way we buy games (Steam, for example) and watch movies and TV shows (hello Netflix and Hulu), but is the death of the optical disc drive nigh? Not as far as Sony and Panasonic are concerned. Rather than write optical's obituary, the two firms are working together to create optical discs with recording capacity of at least 300GB by the end of 2015.
The next generation of game consoles from Sony (PlayStation 4) and Microsoft (Xbox One) isn't just about the hardware, it's equal parts software and whether or not the gaming industry as a whole is ready to transition to a digital distribution model. For the most part, the transition is mostly complete on the PC side thanks to services like Steam, and had Microsoft stuck to its guns, the Xbox One would have leaned much more heavily on digital downloads than physical media. As for Sony, it wasn't even a consideration, because gamers simply don't want to buy games online, the company says.
Telling time is but one of many tricks Sony's SmartWatch 2 knows
Contrary to popular belief, there's still a market for wristwatches, though admittedly they're probably not nearly as common now that smartphones and features phones rule the day. Rather than compete with your smartphone for your time, Sony's new SmartWatch 2 works with your Android-powered device and acts as a second display. Of course, you can use it to simply keep track of time, but there's so much else it can do.
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Xbox One owners won't have to put up with any draconian restrictions on offline play or the resale of used games
At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the Playstation 4 emerged as the clear favorite to win the next-generation console race, due to commence later this year. And it wasn’t necessarily due to any technical edge over the Xbox One, but on account of a set of controversial restrictions proposed by Microsoft in a bid to curb piracy and the sale of used games. Thankfully, common sense seems to have finally prevailed at Microsoft and there are no longer any clear favorites in this race.
Sony markets its Vaio Tap 20 as a mobile desktop, but you could say that about any portable computer. We think “laptablet” is closer to the mark. With its 20-inch display, the Tap 20 is both a big laptop and a gargantuan tablet. And it wouldn’t make any sense at all without Windows 8.
Note: This review was taken from the April issue of the magazine.
As many as 140 titles are in the works for the next-gen console
Two things that gamers around the world were most interested in prior to the start of Sony’s E3 press conference were the PS4’s design and the next-gen console’s price. The Japanese company did not disappoint, revealing both and much more at the nearly three-hour event.